Thursday, February 15, 2018

Hansen's Natural Creamy Root Beer

I was at Kowalski's earlier this week picking up some last minute Valentine's treats, and I grabbed this. I didn't realize that I'd never tried anything of Hansen's before!

Hansen's Natural Creamy Root Beer
In my classroom before class today.


Brand: Hansen's Natural Creamy Root Beer.

Origin: Tustin, CA.

Purchase Place: Kowalski's Market, St. Paul, MN.

Sweetener: Cane Sugar.

Review: Being this is a "natural" brand, I figured there would be some extra ingredients in here (and not just HFCS and flavoring). I was right: it had wintergreen, birch, anise, sassafras, and Tahitian vanilla extract listed among the ingredients. It sounded good.

The first sip was nice and creamy and smooth, but then there was this sharp aftertaste that really just sucked. (I mean, there's a hint of anise in that aftertaste, but also a hint of burnt garbage water.) So in rating this root beer, I had to go between "nice starter flavor" and "strange ending flavor." I ended up going right down the middle and calling this an average 5 (although it starts much stronger and ends much weaker).

Score: 5 out of 10.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Whistler Vanilla Root Beer

I opened this yesterday afternoon:

Whistler Vanilla Root Beer

Whistler Vanilla Root Beer


Brand: Whistler Vanilla Root Beer.

Origin: Spring Lake Park, MN.

Purchase Place: Blue Sun Soda, Spring Lake Park, MN.

Sweetener: Sugar.

Review: Like my last 2 Whistler sodas (this one and this one), this one was completely flat. I have a few more Whistlers in the basement, and I think I need to dump them down the drain - I don't think they hold their seal for very long. I may have to stop back to Blue Sun Soda and pick up a few more, but ONLY ones that I can drink over a month. Because this sucks.

That being said, the flavor was good. Nice vanilla flavor, and a deep root beer flavor. I'll give it a 7, but it could have been an 8 or 9 had their been any sign of carbonation. Like I said, I'll have to try a "fresh" one of these and pick up a few more Whistler sodas sometime.

Score: 7 out of 10.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Soda Can Bracelets

Some fun "jewelry" if you're REALLY into soda...




This seems dangerous; wouldn't there be a lot of sharp edges here?


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Dad-Gum-It! Root Beer Butterscotch

I opened this last night, and my wife and I both had similar (undesirable) reactions:

Dad-Gum-It! Root Beer Butterscotch


Brand: Dad-Gum-It! Root Beer Butterscotch

Origin: Camarillo, CA

Purchase Place: "Minnesota's Largest Candy Store," Jordan, MN.

Sweetener: Cane Sugar.

Review: This tasted a bit like rancid root beer. It's so sweet that there's almost a bite from over-sweetness. I don't taste much of the butterscotch. I have another Dad-Gum-It soda in the basement, and this makes me not excited to try it.

Score: 3 out of 10.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

IBC Black Cherry

I opened this earlier today:

IBC Black Cherry

IBC Black Cherry


Brand: IBC Black Cherry.

Origin: Plano, TX.

Purchase Place: Blue Sun Soda, Spring Lake Park, MN.

Sweetener: High Fructose Corn Syrup.

Review: This was good! It was pretty sweet, but not TOO sweet. The black cherry flavor was quite deep and full, and it had a nice extra bite at the start of each sip. Good soda!

Score: 8 out of 10.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Lolli's Cherry Pop Energy Drink

I needed a pick-me-up this afternoon, so I cracked into this:



Brand: Lolli's Cherry Pop Energy Drink.

Origin: Los Angeles, CA.

Purchase Place: Blue Sun Soda, Spring Lake Park, MN.

Sweetener: Cane Sugar.

Review: This is odd, but not bad. The cherry flavor is nearly a "vanilla" cherry, and it's quite smooth and syrupy. It didn't taste "artificial" at all, and maybe that's because it had some real ingredients like ginseng, bitter orange, and grape skin extract. Different, odd, but not bad. Especially for an energy drink.

Score: 7 out of 10.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Slow Cooker BBQ Pork with Coke

We got an Instant Pot for Christmas, and I've used it 4 times so far. The first thing I did was use it as a slow cooker when I made some BBQ pulled pork. Their recipe for it was simple: just a roast, some BBQ sauce, and a can of Coke:

BBQ Pork with Coca Cola
Looks gross now: just pork, Coke, and BBQ sauce.

BBQ Pork with Coca Cola
Shredded 8 hours later, with about half the juice/sauce added back in.

I should have used a few herbs and some onions like I usually use in roasts, but the Coke added some nice sweetness. Not too bad. Now I'll be trying a Pad Thai recipe in the Instant Pot tonight!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Penny Frosted Root Beer

I opened this an hour ago:

Penny Froster Root Beer



Brand: Penny Frosted Root Beer.

Origin: Los Angeles, CA.

Purchase Place: Blue Sun Soda, Spring Lake Park, MN.

Sweetener: Sugar.

Review: This was a bit odd from the first sip. There's a strange weakness/smokiness to this. Once I got past that flavor, it was good, but I'm still not sure what to think of this. I'll give it an average score.

Score: 5 out of 10.